Cup Banquet Moves To Speed Channel

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Cup banquet moves to Speed so it can air live

Speed Channel will now broadcast the Sprint Cup Series' annual awards banquet after NASCAR officials asked for it to be moved off an ESPN network, series officials confirmed on Tuesday.

ESPN was not going to be able to air the event, scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 4 at the Wynn Las Vegas, live.

"Either partner would have done a great job with the Awards Ceremony but Speed could schedule it as a live broadcast and ultimately that was most important to our fans and so we asked for the switch," said NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston.

Speed will televise the broadcast live from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Eastern. It will re-air at 1 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 5 and at 1 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 6.

"There continues to be a great deal of buzz about how things are going to be different,†said Speed President Hunter Nickell. “So, when the opportunity came for Speed to be the television home for the event, it was an easy ‘yes’ from us."

In addition to the formal banquet on Dec. 4, the week of activities to honor the championship team of NASCAR's biggest series will also include:

A "Chasers for Charity" Fanfest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Dec. 2, featuring a charity roast of the 2009 series champion.

The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards on Dec. 3 in the Venetian Showroom at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

The Top 12 Victory Parade on Dec. 3 in which all 12 Chase participants will drive a lap in their show cars on "The Strip." This year, the awards ceremony will include fan participation as approximately 300 tickets will be made available to fans. They are being distributed by tracks, NASCAR partners, drivers and teams.
 

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Hubby sent me this news this morning, it is awesome to hear as we don't have ESPN in Canada... Speed we do which is great... I like watching the awards ceremonies..

Too bad Kyle won't be there this year to thank his girlfriend Eva better known as Kurt's wife...LMAO
 

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A "Chasers for Charity" Fanfest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Dec. 2, featuring a charity roast of the 2009 series champion.

Wow. Uh, this could get out of hand if it's JJ. But what if it's Mark? What can you say about him?

If it's JJ I hope nobody mentions a golf cart. I'm so freakin' sick of hearing that same story over and over.

I think it's awesome though to have a fanfest at the track! This should have been done forever.
 

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Las Vegas average temps.....

Month High Low

January 58° F (14° C) 34° F (1° C)

February 63° F (17° C) 39° F (4° C)

March 69° F (21° C) 44° F (7° C)

April 78° F (26° C) 51° F (11° C)

May 88° F (31° C) 60° F (16° C)

June 100° F (38° C) 69° F (21° C)

July 106° F (41° C) 74° F (23° C)

August 103° F (39° C) 74° F (23° C)

September 95° F (35° C) 66° F (19° C)

October 82° F (28° C) 54° F (12° C)

November 67° F (19° C) 43° F (6° C)

December 58° F (14° C) 34° F (1° C)
 

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I wonder if they could have a Saturday race there at that time of year? Another All-Star race for fans maybe. Or SOME kind of race. With a different car maybe. Make an all weekend fanfest with a race on Saturday. A day race, not a night race. Just wonderin'.
 

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Here's a schedule of things to come on SpeedTV..

NASCAR Champions Week television schedule (subject to change):

• Monday, Nov. 30 – NASCAR Race Hub celebrates the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion (7:30 p.m. ET)

• Tuesday, Dec. 1 – NASCAR Race Hub celebrates the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion (7:30 p.m. ET)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2 – NASCAR Race Hub celebrates the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion (7:30 p.m. ET)

• Thursday, Dec. 3 – NASCAR Race Hub celebrates the 2009 NASCAR race season and includes coverage of the Top 12 Victory Lap Parade and other events from Las Vegas Champion’s Week leading up to the Awards Ceremony (7:30 p.m. ET)

• Friday, Dec. 4 – NASCAR Best of ’09 Volume I (5 p.m. ET)

• Friday, Dec. 4 – NASCAR Best of ’09 Volume II (5:30 p.m. ET)

• Friday, Dec. 4 – NASCAR Best of ’09 Volume III (6 p.m. ET)

• Friday, Dec. 4 – NASCAR Best of ’09 Volume IV (6:30 p.m. ET)

• Friday, Dec. 4 – NASCAR Nationwide Series & Camping World Truck Series Awards Ceremony from Miami (7 p.m. ET, taped)

• Friday, Dec. 4 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony from the Wynn Las Vegas (9 p.m. ET, live)

This info can be also found here ------->>>>Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site - 2009 Sprint Cup Banquet, News, Winnings
 

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I gotta say...I'm glad this isn't going to be covered by espn.

Count me in on that quote too. IMO Speed will do a far better job covering this event than ESPN could have ever thought of doing. I like most of the Speed TV personalities. I'm not much of a fan of Hammond taking the role that we will be doing but other than that it sounds good to me.

Update: The new news is that George Lopez may be the host

Here's a link to recent news on the banquet.....

The Daly Planet: Updated Banquet And Championship Week TV News (Thurs. AM)
 

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The new news is that George Lopez may be the host

I think that could be really good. Sometimes I don't agree with some things he says, but he IS funny.
 

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I'm looking forward to this, just wish I could have gone to Vegas for the week!!!

I'm sure a lot more fans will be able to attend since its not in NYC and there are more rooms in Vegas at reasonable prices. Vegas can be really cheap or really expensive, depends on which way you choose.
 

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Comedian Frank Caliendo Announced As Host

I hope he does a good job. It never seems like they can find a good fit for the host.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony is coming to Las Vegas and Frank Caliendo is on the pole. Caliendo, the renowned comedian/impressionist with considerable sports crossover star power, will serve as the host of the annual post-season show for NASCAR’s premier series, Dec. 4 at Wynn Las Vegas. Serving as the event’s emcees will be two people highly recognizable to NASCAR fans – Mike Joy and Krista Voda from NASCAR on FOX and SPEED. (The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on SPEED on Dec. 4, at 9:00pm/et)
Two premier musical acts will supply additional star power for the ceremony’s Vegas debut: singer/songwriter David Gray, a Grammy-nominated artist with album sales exceeding 12 million; and Escala, a female electric string quartet who emerged during last year’s “Britain’s Got Talent†television show.
Also, comedian John Pinette will return for a third-straight year to NASCAR’s post-season national series awards ceremony lineup – and his second-straight appearance at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony.
Caliendo, who currently performs his own one man show at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, is perhaps best known among sports fans for his weekly appearances over the last six years as guest prognosticator on FOX NFL SUNDAY, but he also has a strong NASCAR connection. He was featured in several videos shown at last year’s awards ceremony and also has appeared at post-season events for both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Caliendo’s repertoire of dead-on impressions includes NFL broadcaster John Madden; former NBA star Charles Barkley; former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton; and actors Robert DeNiro and Jack Nicholson.
An eight-year veteran of television sketch comedy as a cast member on “MADtv†and with his own series, “Frank TV,†Caliendo has been a fixture on television for the last decade. He has comedy specials that run regularly on TBS and Comedy Central and he is a regular on the late night talk show circuit. He also was a special correspondent for Superbowl XXXIX and co-starred in the film “The Comebacks.†In addition, he recently signed a 10-year deal to headline a nightly Las Vegas act.
With the heart of folk music at his core, Gray’s mix of acoustic and electronic instrumentation has established him as one of the world’s leading music artists. With a career now spanning more than 15 years and nearly 12 million album sales, Gray’s commercial success is also backed up by a critical consensus and countless accolades. Gray recently released his highly anticipated seventh studio album, “Draw The Line.†USA Today called it Gray’s “most ambitious, affecting and densely musical work to date†while Entertainment Weekly said “Gray's sincerity and robust voice havebeen missed, and his new music sounds well-produced and confident.â€
 

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Anyone watch it? I DVR'd it and finally had a chance to watch last night. For me, it was a tough to get through as it ever was. I quickly get tired of Frank Caliendo and his imitations. He's very talented but every time that I hear him, I feel like I've heard it all before.
 

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We watched it.. It wasn't that bad.... The cout down like beginning they had was just like NASCAR to do a count down to awards...lol We enjoyed Frank Caliendo he is funny and they have had worse and did have worse.. That Fat guy man please don't bring him back... David Grey I think the other guys name was again plz stay away, good lord if I had to watch that head shake like that for one more song I thing I would have puked.... Brooks and Dunn good as always but I thought they split up? I am not a huge country fan but can handle some of it... Am I missing anyone?

We enjoyed "most" speeches and I say it like that because I was going to die if I had to watch Kasey read that teleprompter any longer. There were a few others that read as well and some made it so obvious that was what they were doing..

Now the Truck/Nationwide awards were better we thought as they did the sit down one on one with each driver so it wasn't a speech it was more like an interview with them....